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Seinfeld: The Bris | Episode 69 Recap Podcast


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Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur continue their journey to watch every Seinfeld episode as they discuss Season 5, Episode 5, “The Bris.”

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  • AC

    Akiva said he has never heard of anyone who is Jewish who had godparents. I confess to being extremely confused by this, because I’ve never heard of a Jewish boy who DOESN’T have godparents. (Akiva, the common Hebrew term is Sandek, which derives from the Greek for lawyer, since the person is the father’s “representative”, but other Jews, especially those of German descent, use the term Gefater, which literally translates as “godfather”). As I mentioned in my email last week, the primary purpose of the godparent is to hold the baby during the bris, but your godfather or godmother with whom you can maintain a special relationship for the rest of your life. (I have a small wine goblet which I still use which I was given at my bris and which is engraved to me “from your godparents, Sheldon and Lili.”)

    (Rob might know more, but I think in Christian terms your godparents are the ones who are responsible for you if your parents suffer an untimely demise, but there’s no such requirement in Jewish law, since the godparent duties technically end and after the bris.)

    • Johnny De Silveira

      I’m Catholic so I can comment. Generally in Christianity, your godparents are the two your parents are closest two at the time of your baptism (as well confirmation if you’re Catholic/Anglican) and yes in most cases are the ones who they approve to be legal guardians in the event of their untimely death.

  • Suzi!

    Omg, that mohel was one of the funniest characters ever I thought!

  • Craig

    Johnny was on First Dates!? I’m watching that show! I can’t believe I didn’t recognise him. I’m gonna have to go back and rewatch.

    • Craig

      Watch the episode online now, I remember seeing Johnny the first time and saying “I know I’ve seen that guy somewhere”. Turns out I did see him somewhere. Right here! So cool Johnny. Hope it was a fun night. Alexa seemed really nice and sweet.

      • Johnny De Silveira

        Thanks Craig. There was ultimately no 2nd date but nothing ventured nothing gained. I don’t regret going on the show.

  • TarafromLI

    In the Catholic religion, godparents are not responsible for raising a godchild in the event of the parents untimely death nor do they become the child’s legal guardian (parents should have a will designating who they want in that role). Godparents are only responsible for the godchild’s spiritual education.

  • Martin Hess

    Young boys die during routine circumsicion. This practice should be outlawed just like it is for girls. Go on youtube and watch how it is done. Disgusting.